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    Is the KidsOutdoors campaign a good idea???

    Is the KidsOutdoors Campaign by the Scout Association a good idea?

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    any thing that premotes scouting in a good light and gets kids out and about and fitter is always good.

    the only down side is that we need more leaders to coupe with the influx of new kids.

    as we are all well aware of
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    who wouldnt want to get the YPs out and about in the spring/summer? I am so sick of being cooped up inside!!

    But I know a lot of leaders who think Beavers = crafts.

    We, however, hope not to set foot in the HQ for most of the summer. There are kites to be made, water pistol fights to be had, dens to be built.....

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    For those who are outside most of the time, it won't really affect us, but it is good media coverage and might encourage those who are very "craft" based to get outside.

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    it can't really be a bad thing i don't think!

    however, it will take a full frontal assault from all the groups in the country to make it work....can't have itty bitty-ness of some people doing things and others not!
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    Do I think the campaign is a good idea? Yes
    Do I think it will have much or any effect? No

    As Scouters we get the young people out and about as much as possible anyway. So you can say its not really aimed at us. So outside of Scouting this must be aimed at getting youngsters, families etc to embrace the outdoors. Well all responsible parents are already getting their kids outdoors or providing the right balance of life for their children. Parents who aren't responsible for their child's welfare and and upbringing won't listen or be swayed by this campaign.

    Also knowing what TSA media has been like in the past, will many outside of Scouting really notice this campaign?

    Sorry must be feeling cynical this morning.

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    I've not had a brief from HQ as to the background or purpose of the campaign, but I suspect it is more to raise awareness in political circles, other organisations, and Young People's Partnerships (or is YPPs just a Wales thing? - I've lost track now), rather than the media and general public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSheppard View Post
    I've not had a brief from HQ as to the background or purpose of the campaign, but I suspect it is more to raise awareness in political circles, other organisations, and Young People's Partnerships (or is YPPs just a Wales thing? - I've lost track now), rather than the media and general public.
    Didn't you see it in the last scouting magazine?
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    Yes, but it was a bit wishy-washy. I'd like to hear it from the horse's mouth so to speak...
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    I think it's a great idea I must say! Anything which aims to get into & enjoying the outdoors surely can't be bad!!

    If you have a look on the campaign website http://www.kidsoutdoors.com/ It has a bit more background detail about the campaign, with FAQ's etc as I agree it's not too too well known at the moment.

    It also gives you or members of your the oppertunity to submit details of outdoor activities which you have/will be undertaking if you fancy sharing them & getting even more young people involved!!
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    The SA should not be promoting 'kids outdoors' but rather invest their resources in promoting the outdoor side of scouting
    I was told it was only an hour a week....

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    Quote Originally Posted by No1 Newham View Post
    The SA should not be promoting 'kids outdoors' but rather invest their resources in promoting the outdoor side of scouting
    Not sure I see the difference. I thought that by doing the first we were doing the second.

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    As alternative advertising and a way of working around the stigma of Scouting I think it is a good idea. As for results I agree with Akela Ben can't see it making much of a difference to our Group / area.
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    When I was at the launch, I was told there was "to be a lot of media coverage about the campaign, including local and national newspapers, radio, TV and website coverage."
    At the moment - apart from TSA-owned websites - has anyone seen anything about it anywhere else? I can safely say that in the North-West of England, there's nothing. See - just to prove my point: do a Google search for "kidsoutdoors". Even this thread is above the actual campaign site, and there's not much on TSA's campaign.

    Do I think it's a good idea?: Yes - theoretically it is, but there's no media coverage, so it's not working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanghorn View Post
    Do I think it's a good idea?: Yes - theoretically it is, but there's no media coverage, so it's not working.
    I agree with you!! Although, it is difficult to get media coverage. For example, here in Scotland we had hoped The Scotsman would include an article on the launch but in the end they didn't.

    Although, anybody notice the "new look" www.scouts.org.uk!!
    Catch you all later,

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